In an unexpected chain of events, the Centre has extended the controversial law AFSPA, which gave extended powers to the Army, in the state of Nagaland by another six months.
The Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act, or AFSPA, gives immense powers to the military to operate freely anywhere that has been declared a "disturbed area"; no military personnel in an area where AFSPA is in force can be prosecuted without the centre's sanction.
After the December 4 killings by the Army in a case of mistaken identity, there had been strong protests demands against the removal of the controversial law from the state.
On December 20, the Nagaland assembly unanimously resolved to demand a repeal of AFSPA from the northeast, especially the state. A five-member committee has been formed under top bureaucrat Vivek Joshi to examine the possibility of withdrawal of AFSPA from Nagaland.